DJI Unveils Integrated Lidar Drone Solution, Powerful Full-Frame Camera


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DJI, a world leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, unveiled at INTERGEO, two new payload solutions for its flagship commercial drone platform Matrice 300 RTK, destined to serve the most demanding aerial surveying missions. The DJI Zenmuse P1 and DJI Zenmuse L1 are set to be game-changers for the industry, bringing more efficiency and new perspectives at an affordable cost without compromising the quality and accuracy of the data collected for precise aerial inspections and data collection missions.

"With these two new payloads, we are providing an all-integrated complete solution to our enterprise customers active in accurate geospatial data acquisition," said Arjun Menon, Engineering Manager at DJI in the US. "Having a fully integrated capable and affordable Lidar seamlessly integrated into our best commercial drone is a dream that becomes reality for surveying, mapping and construction professionals. They will be able to see, cover and understand the geospatial context from a totally new perspective thanks to the high level of accuracy and quality of the data collected from these tools in the sky."

DJI Zenmuse L1 – DJI's First Lidar Solution For Aerial Surveying
In the aerial surveying industry, Lidar technology plays a vital role in building accurate reality models. In low light situations, or in areas with heavy foliage where traditional drone-based  photogrammetry methods would fall short, Lidar can provide quick, precise true-color point cloud models of complex structures. The Zenmuse L1 is DJI's first Lidar solution for aerial surveying, and a major breakthrough in democratizing Lidar technology by being easy to use and accessible.

The Zenmuse L1 integrates a powerful yet ultra-lightweight Livox Lidar module with a 70° FOV, a high-accuracy IMU, and a 20-megapixel camera with a 1-inch CMOS sensor and a mechanical shutter on a 3-axis stabilized gimbal. The Zenmuse L1 can generate true-color point cloud models in real-time, or acquire a vast area (up to 2 km2) of point cloud data in a single flight. With a Point Rate of 240.000 points per second and a detection range of 450 meters, the ease and speed of capturing quality Lidar data is unprecedented. The module supports both Line Scan Mode and Non-repetitive Scanning Mode, a unique technology developed by Livox. This will provide full coverage of the area of interest in very short amounts of time, and allows the sensor to capture data in any direction, instead of along a defined plane.

When used with DJI's flagship commercial drone platform Matrice 300 RTK and DJI Terra surveying software, it becomes a complete and versatile solution that gives the user real-time 3D data throughout the day, efficiently capturing the details of complex structures and delivering highly accurate reconstructed models. Thanks to its IP44 rating, The Zenmuse L1 can operate in rainy or foggy environments while the Lidar module's active scanning method enables flights in low light conditions.

The Livox Lidar's unique non-repetitive scanning process allows the sensor to capture data in any direction, which is critical for mapping applications. The Zenmuse L1 Lidar solution can easily penetrate vegetation canopies and foliage. Agriculture and forestry managers will benefit from insights such as canopy width, vegetation density, area, stock volume and growth trends. Emergency responders can gather critical insights using true-color point clouds, gain situational awareness and capture forensic intelligence in real time for informed decision-making. The Zenmuse L1 can be used throughout asset-intensive, high-risk and hazardous environments, including in oil and gas, mining, infrastructure, telecommunications and power.

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